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Algarve Villa Holidays for Big Groups

Deciding to go on a villa holiday in a large group may initially seem a bit daunting if you’re used to only having your partner, immediate family or a couple of friends to consider. For a start, there’s the necessity to agree on a location and which villa to book, often meaning that there has to be a compromise. If you tend to be the ‘organiser’ of your family or group of friends, people will often be relieved that you’re prepared to take on this role but it’s always best to email the villa details to everyone before placing the booking and secure at least a verbal agreement so that they all know what to expect. If you’re going to be celebrating a special birthday or an anniversary, you can probably have the deciding vote without ruffling too many feathers!

The great thing about booking a large villa and sharing the cost with friends or family is that it’s an opportunity to enjoy a holiday at a magnificent location that you wouldn’t normally consider. There’s also something amazing about shared travel experiences that brings people closer together but at the same time, it’s not as though sharing a villa means you have to do absolutely everything in each others’ company. The very fact that there’s a large group means people can usually find someone else who wants to do the same thing as them on a particular day.

If you’re looking to secure a special date or you need to book dates within the school holidays, it’s best to plan early. Affinity Villas has some beautiful properties to sleep up to 18 people and we’ve personally visited all of them so we know them well and can help to guide you through the choices. Featured below are some self catering properties you may wish to consider when looking for an Algarve villa in Portugal for a large group.


Chy An Mor, Carvoeiro

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Chy An Mor is a stunning property offering magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean from its privileged clifftop location. It is situated close to the very popular town of Carvoeiro, between Centianes Beach and Rocha Brava, and set in private grounds. There’s an oversized swimming pool, covered outdoor dining area, hot tub and garden that leads right up to the cliff edge, which is gated with private access to the cliff path walk that runs along the cliff tops to Centianes Beach. It is very rare to find a front line villa of this size available on the rental market.


Casa Barnace, Luz

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It is rare to find a good quality property that can accommodate large parties in such style. Casa Barnace has been carefully designed to offer the very best of modern living in the beautiful and popular Algarve resort of Luz. There are two heatable private pools, a whirlpool, 4 bathrooms, 5 shower rooms and full air conditioning. There's also a roof top barbecue and seating with the most spectacular views; the Atlantic ocean to the south, the Monchique mountains to the north, Sagres and Cape St Vincent to the west, which was once considered to be the end of the world and is the most south westerly point in Europe


Casa Ventura, Carvoeiro

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Casa Ventura is set within substantial lawned grounds that offer peace and privacy while being close to the popular town of Carvoeiro with its abundance of shops, restaurants, cafes and bars. The convivial open plan kitchen with central island opens out to the main living, dining and additional seating areas that all overlook the delightful covered terrace, pool and gardens with distant sea views beyond.


Casa Pinguim, Alvor

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This imposing villa could be a fantastic choice for large families or groups of friends wishing to go on holiday together. It is located in a quiet residential area with beautiful gardens and its outstanding features must include the large heatable pool, the barbecue area with its built-in barbecue, wood-fired oven and shaded seating area plus the games room with a pool table, table football and cards table. There’s plenty to do without even leaving the villa!


Casa Abril, Quinta do Lago

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Casa Abril is a truly spectacular property, both in design and furnishings, in the residential area of Monte Golfe within Quinta do Lago. The mature, landscaped gardens are a riot of colour, giving a tropical feel whilst providing privacy at the pool terrace from the 5th Green of the Championship Golf Course beyond the garden, views of which can be enjoyed from the terraces. Outside there is a built-in barbecue with sink and furniture for outdoor living. Steps lead down from this terrace to the pool and gardens.


Casa Kios, Quinta do Lago

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Casa Kios is undoubtedly one of the most magnificent homes available to rent in the Quinta do Lago area and indeed the Algarve. The current owners are the next generation of the original family who built Casa Kios and have refurbished the property with the utmost attention to detail. Two swimming pools, a hot tub, tennis court, snooker and games room, table tennis, table football, petanque and outdoor chess, all set in totally private and secluded grounds offer something for everyone and will make for the perfect holiday retreat for large families or those seeking an indulgent holiday with a group of friends.

Quinta do Lago – a Golf Lover’s Dream

Quinta do Lago is an exclusive residential and golf estate bordering the Atlantic Ocean and the Ria Formosa Natural Park, which is one of the most prestigious areas of the Algarve. It has three award-winning golf courses, attracting golfers from all over the world, yet the resort has something for everyone, not least the beauty of the nature reserve itself. 

Before reading on, if you are looking for Quinta do Logo villas with pools, Affinity Villas offers 4, 6 and 8 bedroom villas in this area which is ideal for small golf groups.


Adjoining Quinta do Lago’s three world-class golf courses are facilities such as the Paul McGinley Golf Academy and Southern Europe’s only tailor-made performance centre. The resort has been at the forefront of international golf since its creation.


Set in rolling hills and pine woodlands, it is home to many rare species of flora and fauna and offers an excellent base for nature lovers to explore the two nearby nature trails.


A Blue Flag beach is easily reached via a wooden walkway over the Ria Formosa. With over two miles of soft, golden sand, the beach is extensive and magnificent, its spectacular sand-dunes a joy to behold.


Lifeguards are on duty during the summer season and many watersports are on offer. The beach has good facilities including sunbeds for hire and there's a nice selection of restaurants and cafes.